Portishead – Dummy (The ’59) #224

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Portishead – Dummy (1994)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 36 – 1994.

Dummy was the debut studio album from Portishead, released on 22 August 1994 by Go! Beat Records.

Portishead take their name from a quiet coastal town on the Severn estuary just north of Bristol in the UK.

The album received critical acclaim and won the 1995 Mercury Music Prize. It is often credited with popularising the trip hop genre, and is frequently cited in lists of the best albums of the 1990s.

Although it achieved only modest chart success overseas, it peaked at number two on the UK Album Chart, and saw two of its three singles reach number 13 on the UK Singles Chart.


Portishead’s ‘Numb’ (Leaping Ahead #56)

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[Song from a band seen in 2008]

Taken from their 1994 debut album ‘Dummy’, we got to see Portishead perform ‘Numb’ live at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in April 2008. The band take their name from a seaside town eight miles west of Bristol in the UK.